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019: From Outward Perfection to Inward Love and Acceptance – Gwen Soffer{YSP Podcast}
March 18, 2015


Today’s podcast is with a woman I really admire for her depth of sharing and her honesty, Gwen Soffer, co-owner of Enso Yoga in Media, PA (where I teach on Monday nights). She’s an amazing example of the power of ACCEPTANCE.

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10 Steps to Feeling Energized Every Morning
March 11, 2015


10 Steps to Feeling Energized Every Morning

Maybe it’s a memory or maybe you are still in it…

Morning came too early. You don’t want to wake up. Yesterday was so frustrating and difficult that you just want to stay unconscious for a few hours more.

As mamas, sometimes we just want some time to ourselves.

Before we had kids, we sometimes had those leisurely days of lounging and going so slow. Who has time for that anymore?

As soon as we’re awake, we’re rushing. Your child’s already awake and needing something, so you stumble out of bed… and here we go!

Or, you’re rushing them through breakfast and brushing their teeth so you can get to school on time. Motherhood can feel like a cycle of crash and rush.

It’s not only stressful, but it leaves us at a depleted state.

How can we give our best to our children and our lives like this? We can’t.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

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Struggle with Anxiety? 6 Steps to Deal with it Mindfully
March 4, 2015


Struggle with Anxiety- 6 Steps to Deal with it Mindfully

I’m not always so great at peacefulness and happiness. It’s something I have to practice.I often wake up in the morning feeling anxious.

I’ll wake up in the middle of a crazy dream. In my dream I’d been failing in some way. I’ve let my kids down. I’ve taken a wrong route. It’s always something like that. Do you get these dreams too?

Then I wake up feeling anxious. It’s the awkward feeling in my throat. There’s a pressure in my chest.

The culprit? Usually the anxiety stems from thoughts about the day or the week ahead. Sometimes I worry that I’ve f-ed up my relationship with one of my girls by some unskillful thing I said or did.

I’ve woken up anxious for as long as I can remember. It used to have a far different effect on my than it does today. Waking anxious used to lead me towards despairing thinking. A cascade of thoughts would push me towards misery. Outlook for the day? Not so good.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

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How I fit Mindfulness Practice in a Busy Day
February 25, 2015


LOVE

It’s dark when my alarm goes off. Really dark. I don’t want to wake up Bill too much, so I stumble out of bed and across the room.

“Alarm” is a strong word for the soft, then progressively louder bell sound, but it still gets me out of bed. At 5:30. And this is from someone who was definitely NOT a morning person.

I used to stumble back into bed, phone in hand, to snuggle in. I’d press snooze a few more times. These days though, I stay up.

I help mamas get grounded and peaceful, so a question I get asked is, “what is your day like?” And, “how do you fit these practices in?”

We mamas are busy. The mornings can be hectic. There isn’t enough time to get everything done during the day. And before our children are in school – whoah. How do we find time to have a mindfulness practice?

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018: Pause, Tune into Wisdom, and Put on Some Glitter with Natalie Levin
February 18, 2015


Have you ever had someone sing to you in a yoga practice before?

I met Natalie Levin when she not only sang, she sang opera to my class at Philadelphia’s Namas Day (Psst..there’s even more opera at the end of this podcast!). Natalie embraces resting, acceptance, gratitude and glitter in her yoga teaching and practice. We talk about rest, God, and dealing with difficult things. Be warned: we also laugh – a lot- in this conversation.

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